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It will be a grand display of colors, culture and grace as Bicol’s best festivals gather together in a grand street dance extravaganza in Legazpi City, Albay on April 29. Dubbed Gayon Bikol Festival of Festivals, the event is spearheaded by the Department of Tourism Region V and the Provincial Government of Albay as part of the month-long celebration of the 15th Magayon Festival.
According to DoT V regional director Maria Ong-Ravanilla, the dance showdown was incepted in 2003 and is held on major festivals across the Bicolandia to showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse natural wonders.
Taking center stage are the Ibalong Festival of Legazpi City (represented by Pio Duran town), Pulang Anggi of Polangui, and Tabak Festival of Tabaco City, which will relive the legends of the host province of Albay.
Governor Joey Salceda, who is hosting the event for the third year, said the event is a unique opportunity to highlight the province’s tourist spots, specifically Mayon Volcano, Bicol’s iconic landmark.
He said that the Magayon Festival, Bicol’s longest celebration, has lined up a wide array of special events to promote the province as a complete adventure, natural and cultural destination.
Other participating festival contingents are the Sosogon of Sorsogon City, Voyadores of Magarao, Camarines Sur; Cimarrones of Pili, Camarines Sur; Sibubog of Bato, Catanduanes; Parau of Pilar, Sorsogon; Himag-ulaw of Placer, Masbate; and Pinyasan of Daet, Camarines Norte.
Meanwhile, non-competing delegations are the Barn dance of Masbate City which will display Rodeo Festival’s cowboy lifestyle, the Legend of Mayon winner and the Magayon Dancers, both from Albay.
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Source: Manila Bulletin